For nearly ten years, Graeme Smith managed a family greenhouse tomato enterprise beginning in 1988. From 1995 to 2012, he was director, president or chairman of various different national organisations (Hydroponic Designs P/L; National Hydroponic & Greenhouse Association). During the years from 2003 to 2012, Graeme Smith was the leader of various greenhouse study tours to Holland, Belgium, Canada, North America and Mexico and also, developed and delivered short course training and courses in the following:
In 2007, he developed ‘Climate and Financial Feasibility Study’ packages, as well as investment attraction and marketing packages, for clients to assess business viability with ROI & EBIT studies. He was project leader for a year from 2011 to 2012, in developing ‘Greenhouse Technical Management for the Future’ diploma courses for national delivery to main grower locations in Australia and other countries around the Pacific Rim. Recently Graeme has delivered this 4 ½ day course in New Zealand and soon the UK. In addition he has recently been invited to present technical workshops at the 2014 Canadian Greenhouse Conference and the Mexican hydroponic conference in Toluca Mexico in 2015.
System Design and Project Management:
Graeme Smith has delivered over 40 protected cropping projects around Australasia since 1995. These projects have largely delivered modern greenhouse food production systems ranging from 400m² to 50,000m² (5ha) in polytunnels through to modern glasshouses. Most food production projects involved full ROI and EBIT studies, system design, costings, project management and commissioning and ongoing crop advisory services.
He appreciates that project viability is keenly dependent on the ability to deliver on time, on budget and to agreed technical specifications and to also offer ongoing crop support where required.
Successful systems design demands an intimate knowledge of greenhouse plant physiology and environmental management and the available technologies and strategies to achieve this. A sound technical knowledge is required in the areas of greenhouse/glasshouse, growing systems, growing medium, irrigation, fertigation, climate management, energy management, crop selection and growing techniques, harvesting, grading and chain management, staff training and management, internal transport and automation systems, etc.
‘A great source of information and support. Good luck with making this primary source for hydroponics worldwide’ Iain Reynolds, CEO – Pocket Herbs and Produce, Australia